Tour Watch 1997
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In today's Chicago Tribune, rock critic Greg Kot lists the best concerts of 1997. Neil (at HORDE) is top of the list!!
Date: Friday, January 2, 1998
Source: Greg Kot.
Copyright Chicago Tribune
ROCKING UP A STORM
13 LIVE SHOWS THAT SHOOK UP THE WINDY CITY LAST YEAR
Out of hundreds of sets of music witnessed in 1997, here is a baker's dozen of the best:
1. Neil Young and Crazy Horse, H.O.R.D.E. Festival at the New World Music Theatre, Aug. 3: A violent storm sent rain and sleet slashing into the pavilion during the festival's closing set. The lights dimmed and the P.A. system shut down midsong, but Young and Crazy Horse kept playing, as though trying to will their instruments back to life. As a wind-whipped Jolly Roger flag threatened to rip free from Ralph Molina's drum kit, the band huddled around him like a crew of pirates determined to go down with the ship. The crowd, verging on panic, began to laugh in giddy appreciation, then cheer wildly. Their instruments amplified by emergency generators, Young and the band then delivered -- what else? -- Like a Hurricane.
I heard that CSNY might be having a reunion for one of the Dylan shows in L.A. this week.
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 09:54:28 +1000
Subject: Oz still on?
I had a chat to a (Australian) Warner sales guy last night at a social function. He thought that Neil was still coming out to OZ in March/April. Lookout Mama checked this last week with Lookout Management and they said it wasn't on. Let's hope The Warner guy is right.
He also mentioned that Neil is putting out a new recording scheduled for March next year. I presume that's the acoustic (hopefully) one he's working on currently.
He also said (I gave this guy the 3rd degree !!!!!) that Neil's latest stuff only sells about 20,000 copies in Australia. Harvest evidently sold 400,000 copies.
From: kevin johnson" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 15:17:52 -0000
Subject: Neil play for Bowie?
From Live magazine:
David Bowie celebrated turning 50 last January with a star-studded show at Madison Square Garden, and he apparently liked having something to do on his b-day. In recent months, in fact, we hear that he's been making plans to do it again on his 51st, this time with an acoustic show in L.A.Hope this happens!
Among those that Bowie approached as part of his initial wish list for the show: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Perry Farrell, and Anthony Keidas. Assuming the show comes off, the audience will no doubt be celeb-studded as well, since well-wishers at Bowie's recent shows include Johnny Depp, Daryl Hannah, Chris Isaak, a frisky Sean Penn, and Young, who spent the San Francisco show dancing in the balcony alongside Metallica's Kirk Hammett.
From: Ken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 00:18:51 -0800
Subject: PJ Call Neil at Stealth Show
Pearl Jam at the Catalyst tonight were billed as The Honking Seals. I snuck into the soundcheck. I kinda snuck through the kitchen. It was just the sound guys, the opening band, 3-4 others and ME. They played:
Not sure if this has been posted, but there is a nice picture of Neil wearing his STOP FACTORY FARMS get-up on the Rolling Stone site.
From: Peter Ferioli <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 16:54:48 -0700
Subject: Bridge Schedule
Hey IRF'ers and Rusties... Here is the confirmed bridge schedule for Sat (same order on Sun, with a time-shift):
|4:00-4:15||Neil and Pegi|
|8:25-9:05||Dave Matthews Band|
Long live the family farmer!
~Live To Ride~
From: kevin johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 11:55:52 -000
Subject: No taping at Farm Aid
Subject says it all.
Maybe TNN will use their brains this year and run commercials and stuff while bands are setting up. I'm not counting on it, though!
From: ROLF CLEMENTS <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 19:24:54 -0700
Subject: Sunday Bridge Show Start Time
Shoreline now says, in addition to the 4pm Saturday start
time, there's now a 2pm start time for Sunday. Thought folks would
want to know for making plans (recovering from Saturday ;-> ).
From: gregory hernandez <Calistar@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 02:56:55 +0000
Subject: Bridge Concert-Goers Guide
I've seen many many questions concerning this year's Bridge shows, So I decided to write a guide to tell about some experiences I've had. Check it out.
Just got off the phone with a guy from the World Music Theatre. He said that they're not allowing recording at Farm Aid, but told me to call back Friday because that may change. Keep your fingers crossed, I guess!
BTW- if they do allow recording, I'll have Beck, Fogerty, Allmans, DMB, all the way down to Supersuckers! (And, of course, NEIL!)
Aerostar (ready for a road trip!)
From: Ron Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 12:08:09 -0700
Subject: Bridge Ticket Sales
Bridge tickets went on sale today at 10 AM. I just spoke to a friend in Greenbrae (North S.F. Bay Area). Told me the first person in line at that outlet got reserved seats. The SECOND person got Lawn!
From: Dan Pollart <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 15:45:08 -0700
Subject: Buying Bridge Tix
For those who despise BASS, Bridge tickets should be available without service charge at the Shoreline box office at noon on the 28th. Unfortunately, by then all the reserved seats will be gone but what the heck, five bucks is five bucks...
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark H Johnson)
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 15:30:44 -0700
Subject: What Farm Aid means to Me
I wanted to share my story about farming and family.